Custom compounder and resin suppler A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH) has opened a new plastics masterbatch manufacturing facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, India to supply India's growing flexible packaging, appliance, and consumer products markets.
Annual capacity is projected to be approximately 10,000 tonnes. The plant is strategically located near A. Schulman's customers' manufacturing facilities in western India, as well the Arabian Sea coastline to facilitate faster raw materials shipments.
Vadodara is A. Schulman's first manufacturing facility in India and its fifth in the Asia-Pacific region, joining existing sites in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and South Korea. The company has 29 plants globally. Indian customers were previously served with exports from the Indonesian and Malaysian facilities. These sites will now focus exclusively on in-country masterbatch demand for flexible packaging applications.